Spring: Songs for Seeds
We are starting to get to that stage where some organized classes and lessons on topics of interest are coming into our routine. First up, MUSIC with Songs for Seeds! Now that Remy is inching towards three, and Arlo is confidently getting around, and keeping up with Remy, I FINALLY feel like I can do more activities with them TOGETHER. I wasn't ever really able to have the luxury to take Remy to classes on her own very much, except for a couple of art classes, and Arlo never had the privilege of going to anything on her own yet, but I THINK I found a happy place for all of us on Tuesday mornings at 11 am at Timbuk Toys, in the Songs for Seeds music class! What a blast!
We tried the class out a couple weeks ago to see if it might be of interest. I had MORE fun than the girls singing and b-bopping along to familiar covers of songs and seeing the kids go through the class with a "number of the Day," as well as flying to a country, (the class pretend flies to a new country every week and introduces an instrument and piece of music from that place). There's a disco ball and a break there in the middle for some bubbles, and at the end the kids get to come up and do their best karaoke of whatever they want to sing on the mic. After class, the instruments are up for exploration. Remy is drawn in by the drum set.
What attracted me to this class especially was the warmth and welcomeness of the group and from the owner Shannon. It's very relaxed and fun and casual. Another big selling point for us to commit our Tuesday mornings, commitment to a routine is hard for me to do since having babies, was the fact that it was sibling-friendly!!! YEAH! WIN! It is extremely hard to find an activity, place, class, THING, that both are happy and ENGAGED with. Getting a sitter for one while taking the other to something is not practical or feasible in our home, but Songs for Seeds hit a happy place in the middle with both girls at the stages they are in now. We don't seem to be the only sibling set in the class either!
If you're looking for a traditional music class, wherein your child looks at sheet music and learns music notes, this might not be the fit you are looking for, BUT if you are looking for a very elementary, introductory course to sound, rhythm, beat, melody, percussion, and BASICS of musical instruments, while LEARNING a few things about numbers, geography, shapes and more, AND having fun being a kid by playing with scarves, toys and bubbles, than this is AWESOME. The entire class is narrated/sang, by Kyle on the guitar, Ilana on the drums and David on the keyboard. There's fun learning activities with numbers, and matching, shapes, and it seems each class will be new. Today the children took shape magnets and helped Kyle make a picture of Jack and Jill headed up a hill. The rolled around and played like farm animals during the spin-the-wheel animal match up game, so fun, "that's not a match, that's not a match," carried home with us and we use it intermittently with stuff around here! There's the welcome song of course, and then the children are able to play with toy shakers and xylophones and tambourines, then clean up time, and scarves, then cleanup time. The structure of the class is the same each time, with the filler activities being new each time to keep it fresh and interesting.
I am THRILLED to be able to see where this spring takes us on an exploration of SOUND. I am definitely NOT a "music person," but always sort of wished I was. My father is a Christian rock musician, writing his own music, and he plays guitar mostly, but can play bass and has played drums when he was younger. My older sister played the flute in high school, I even think my older brother had a try at the saxophone, oh man, that screech, and my younger brother played bass. I danced. I can catch a beat, but don't know one single song from start to finish! Haha!
Remy is already showing signs of musical tastes. She requests Justin Bieber's "Too Late to Say Sorry," Taylor Swift's, "Shake It Off," (still) and a couple others in the car. I catch her humming a tune or singing a few lines sometimes. Oh, and "Nobody can drag me down!" Arlo likes the beat of Omi's, "Cheerleader," and when we play it in the car she thrusts her hips forward in her carseat and bounces her legs- ADORABLE! She also likes Macklemore's, "Downtown," sort of momma's fave too, and I was so HAPPY to get a KidzBop station in my new car that has clean, kiddo versions of our favorite top hits. Husband always wished he played piano, and I sort of wished I had learned... maybe we'll get a piano...
Okay, okay, let's just say we are EXCITED as all get out about our Songs for Seeds class this spring!
If you are interested you can try a class out for free, see the schedule and sign up here.